Mohali - In a day where fortunes swung back and forth, Australia finished on
273 for seven at stumps on the second day of the third Test against
India in Mohali on Friday.
According to the supersport.com website, Steven Smith was unbeaten on 58 - his third Test half-century - and Mitchell Starc had 20.
The hosts kept pegging away at the wickets after tea, first snaring Ed
Cowan for a hard-fought 86 as Ravichandran Ashwin got rewarded for some
superb bowling during the day.
He tossed one up, which dipped on Cowen
who edged it to Virat Kohli in the slips. His innings lasted 238 balls
and included eight fours.
Three quick scalps followed, putting Australia firmly on the back foot,
when Ishant Sharma removed Brad Haddin (21) and Moises Henriques (0) in
the same over.
Ravindra Jadeja soon added to his two earlier successes by trapping Peter Siddle for the visitors' third duck of the innings.
After a solid 139-run opening stand between Ed Cowan and David Warner -
Australia's first 100-run partnership of the series where Michael Clarke
was not involved - India retaliated with three quick wickets after
lunch to have Australia on 180 for three at tea.
Cowan (76 not out) was the stabilising factor, and together with Smith
(19 not out) they stopped the rot after India's spinners put the brake
on Australia's top-order.
Jadeja struck first when he found the inside edge of David Warner's bat
when he had 71, and the ball hit the top of his pad to lob to Mahendra
Singh Dhoni behind the stumps for an easy catch.
Australia's run machine, Michael Clarke, retraced his steps to the
pavilion the very next ball when Jadeja ripped an off-break around
Clarke's bat, dragged him out of his crease and Dhoni completed a quick
Phil Hughes survived for 31 deliveries before Prayan Ojha turned and
bounced one down leg that caught the hapless batsman's gloves and Dhoni
mopped up the chance. This ended Hughes's miserable time against spin of
late - dismissed five times, faced 70 deliveries and only scored two
At lunch, Australia were 109 without loss after opting to bat.
Warner brought up his seventh Test-half-century in the over before the
break, to leave the field unbeaten on 54 off 107 deliveries. Cowan had
Australia made four changes to the team that lost the second Test, two of these were enforced by the suspension of four players following an internal disciplinary earlier this week.
Brad Haddin was brought back for Matthew Wade, Steven Smith replaces
Shane Watson, Glenn Maxwell makes way for Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc
takes James Pattinson's place.
India drafted in debutant and left-hand batsman, Shikhar Dhawan, after
Virender Sehwag was axed from the team, and Pragyan Ojhan comes in for
After losing the whole of the first day due to rain, all subsequent days
will start 30 minutes early to make up some lost time. The follow-on
difference has also been reduced to 150 instead of the normal 200 runs,
because of the day lost.